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WCTJapanJune 6-7, 2009
FIM World Trial Championship Series 2009
Round 04 Motegi, Japan

Bou and Fujinami lead the charge in Japan

Toni Bou – Repsol Montesa HRC survived a tense climax to Sunday’s trial to secure a double win at the Japanese Grand Prix to further extend his lead at the head of the general classifications. Bou’s team-mate Takahisa Fujinami – Repsol Montesa confirmed the supremacy of the Cota 4RT by following Toni home on both days. In front of his home crowd Japanese rider Fujinami narrowly missed out on a second day victory, when he lost the tie decider to the reigning World champion. Adam Raga – Gas Gas looked off form throughout the weekend and twice had to battle his way back to claim the final podium place on both days.

Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa) Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)

Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)

Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)

The Twin Ring circuit at Motegi offered a very similar course to more recent years, with some of the sections being identical to those faced by the top riders just twelve months ago. Heavy rain throughout Friday night added a much-needed dimension to the hazards ready for Saturday, with many of the riders having predicted that the event would be too easy if it had remained dry. The mixture of greasy boulders plus steep and slippery climbs in the end provided a suitable challenge to all but Bou.

Whilst his main rivals were all incurring losses during the early part of Saturday’s trial, Toni riding his factory four stroke machine remained feet up through the first eight sections to signal his intent to extend his winning run. Two dabs in the very difficult ninth hazard were Bou’s first and only loss of the first lap, as he immediately carved himself a clear advantage. Fujinami was next best on twelve marks, with the Japanese rider having obviously recovered well from his injuries sustained at the previous round and was enjoying competing in front of his home fans.

With the victory never in doubt Bou adopted a slightly more cautious approach on the second lap, with safety dabs in sections three and fourteen to add to the two marks he once again incurred at the ninth hazard. With a total of a mere six marks for the entire trial, Toni came home a full fifteen marks clear of Fujinami, who made a welcome return to the podium. Raga had to stage a late fight back to earn his place on the rostrum, after he trailed Dougie Lampkin – Beta down in fourth place at the halfway point.

Sunday dawned with bright sunshine and some extreme heat, forcing the organisers to modify five sections in order to increase the severity as the ground and rocks dried rapidly. These changes did little to halt the march of the Montesa duo who were soon back out in front despite the change in conditions. Fujinami responded the best to the drier terrain losing just seven marks on his first lap compared to the thirteen dropped by Bou for the same period.

The victory appeared to be Takahisa’s for the taking until he failed on the steep climb in section eleven on his second visit. With the door open Toni seized his chance and eased his factory Cota 4RT through the closing fifteen hazards for seven marks to match his team-mates earlier performance. With both Montesa riders locked on twenty marks each for the entire trial, Bou grabbed the narrowest of wins on the tie-break rule, with him having recorded a single clean more than his Japanese counterpart. Toni now leads the series by nineteen points from Raga with four rounds remaining. Fujinami’s two runners up placings have now allowed him to move back up to fourth spot in the overall standings.

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa) Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

Bou - 1st / 1st :
”I had to fight very hard for the victory today, as Fujinami was incredibly strong during the first lap. Although the conditions were drier, I actually found the sections more difficult today. I made two fives in section eleven as I was unable to find the correct way to cope with the slippery surface, when really I should have cleaned this on both occasions. With these errors I knew it was going to be hard to take the win. In the end this weekend has given me two good results in terms of the overall championship.”

Fujinami – 2nd / 2nd :
“Normally I would be happy with two second places, especially after the disaster I had in Great Britain, but obviously I am disappointed after having been so close to the win at my home race. I am happy because I have ridden well, and these results have helped me recover some positions in the championship. Before this weekend I was a long way behind Cabestany, but now I have the chance to overtake him at the next round. The mistake in section eleven on the second lap cost me the win today, I tried to clean it as I had done on the first lap, but it was much more slippery. ”

Laia Sanz –
Repsol Montesa HRC was again absent from this weekend’s event, the female team member will rejoin Bou and Fujinami for the closing four rounds of the 2009 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship, beginning with the next round in Italy later this month.

FIM World Trial Championship Series 2009
Round 04 Motegi, Japan

1 Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)
2 Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)
3 Adam Raga (SPA-Gas Gas)
4 Dougie Lampkin (GBR-Beta)
5 James Dabill (GBR-Gas Gas)
6 Jeroni Fajardo (SPA-Beta)
7 Albert Cabestany (SPA-Sherco)
8 Marc Freixa (SPA-Gas Gas)
9 Kenichi Kuroyama (JPN-Yamaha)
10 Loris Gubian (FRA-Gas Gas)
11 Michael Brown (GBR-Sherco)
12 Fumitaka Nozaki (JPN-Yamaha)
13 Tomoyuki Ogawa (JPN-Honda)
14 Daniel Oliveras (SPA-Gas Gas)
15 Isao Shibuya (JPN-Honda)

Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)
1 Toni Bou (SPA-Montesa)
2 Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)
3 Adam Raga (SPA-Gas Gas)
4 Dougie Lampkin (GBR-Beta)
5 Jeroni Fajardo (SPA-Beta)
6 Marc Freixa (SPA-Gas Gas)
7 Kenichi Kuroyama (JPN-Yamaha)
8 Albert Cabestany (SPA-Sherco)
9 Loris Gubian (FRA-Gas Gas)
10 James Dabill (GBR-Gas Gas)
11 Michael Brown (GBR-Sherco)
12 Tomoyuki Ogawa (JPN-Honda)
13 Fumitaka Nozaki (JPN-Yamaha)
14 Tsuyoshi Ogawa (JPN-HM Future)
15 Daniel Oliveras (SPA-Sherco)

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